Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Whipped Laundry Cream

For fun, I liquefied a LOT of Ivory Soap using these instructions. 2 gallons, to be exact. That is a lot of soap. It didn't work for most of the things I wanted to use it for, but it works GREAT for laundry detergent.
I'm posting this recipe with some minor variations in the method I used, because I did the soap first, and the detergent later, but it should work nicely anyway. This is only my second (enormous) batch. I'm still working out the kinks. But I'll go ahead a post it here. Tweak it as needed to make it work for you. 

This recipe is based on my laundry powder recipe. I discuss all the ingredients there. Skip on over and read about the hows and the whys, then come back for   the liquid option. 

The liquid is a bit more work and more involved (hence the large batch), but I think it might work a bit better. It seemed to me that the soap in this recipe went a lot further than in the powder recipe. Perhaps because it's already melted. It definitely looks cooler. 

Here are both large and small batch directions.

Large batch:

Approximately 4oz pure soap, grated
Water to cover 
4 cups borax
4 cups baking soda
2 cups salt

Grate the soap. Put it in a BIG pot. Add enough water to cover. Melt. Cool. If it's a tallow-based soap, it will be VERY thick. You may need to add more water. Mine came out to a gallon. Vegetable soaps will be thinner and require less water. 

Pour it into a 5 gallon bucket, or something similar.

Add Borax, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a large wooden spoon. If it's super thick, add water. Not too much. It should be thick. add a splash of essential oil for scent, if desired. 

Let it cool completely. It will thicken and separate.
Using an immersion (stick) blender, whip it until it looks like cream cheese frosting. This will prevent it from separating again. 

Store in a jar with a tight seal. Leaving it open to air will cause it dry out. 

I use 1 TBS per Super Capacity load. This stuff is POWERFUL. For a normal washer, use 1/2 tbs. for a high efficiency washer, use 1 tsp. 

Small Batch:

1 oz soap, shredded
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup salt

Follow directions above.

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